FRCS Exam

Application

To be eligible to apply for the FRCS exam, you must 
(1) Have an Outcome 1 at your ST6 ARCP
(2) Have passed the Wessex FRCS mock

Applications are made at https://www.jcie.org.uk/
The TPD and 2 other consultant references are required as part of the application.

For full information, follow this link: https://www.jcie.org.uk/content/content.aspx?ID=20

Part A

Part A of the FRCS exam is taken at Pearson Vue test centres.
It consists of 2 x computer based single best answer examinations, each 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration, with a lunch break inbetween. 

Part B

Part B of the FRCS exam is held at a variable location in the UK depending on the sitting. 
The whole exam sitting is over 3 days (usually Sunday-Tuesday). 
Each applicant will have their clinicals on the Sunday, and will then either have their viva stations on either the Monday or the Tuesday. 

Clinical exams:

Intermediates:
1 x Upper limb intermediate

  • Real patients
  • 5 minutes history, 5 minutes examination, 5 minutes discussion (you are not alerted at the 5 minute intervals)

1 x Lower limb intermediate

  • Real patients
  • 5 minutes history, 5 minutes examination, 5 minutes discussion (you are not alerted at the 5 minute intervals)

 

Shorts:

3 x Upper limb shorts

  • No patients, prompts on paper or tablet
  • 5 minutes per case, 15 minutes in total

3 x Lower limb shorts

  • No patients, prompts on paper or tablet
  • 5 minutes per case, 15 minutes in total

Viva stations:

Each section has 6 x 5 minute cases. There is a 5-10 minute break between each section. 

  • Basic science
  • Adult patholoy
  • Paeds & Hands
  • Trauma
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